South Sudan: Abduction

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th October 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports his Department has received on the abduction of young people in the Darfur region of South Sudan for (a) militia recruitment and (b) body parts for medical purposes.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development), Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We have received no reports on the abduction of young people in Darfur for the purposes of militia recruitment or for body parts for medical purposes.

The UK remains concerned by the situation in Darfur, and whilst we have seen a welcome reduction in armed conflict between government forces and armed movements in recent months, the security and humanitarian situation remains fragile. We regularly discuss the situation in Darfur with the Government of Sudan, most recently on 16 October during our bilateral Strategic Dialogue, and urge them to continue to improve humanitarian access and to reach an agreement on a permanent cessation of hostilities.

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